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Lee Andrews and the Hearts (Instagram)

Lee Andrews, lead singer of the Philadelphia-based doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts and father of Roots drummer Questlove, died March 16 at age 79.

Confirming his father’s passing in an Instagram post, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson thanked Andrews for helping launch his love of music.

“I love you. For every backstage experience. For every drum lesson.” Thompson wrote. “For giving me your tireless work ethic. For our father & son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you ‘imma give this rap thing a try’ (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you ‘you don’t have to work no more.’ For the look on your face when a year later I was like ‘Seriously dad, you don’t have to work anymore!’”

Roots drummer Questlove (Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

Andrews, born Lee Andrew Thompson on June 2, 1936, founded the group Lee Andrews and the Hearts in Philadelphia in 1953, according to Philly.com. The group released hits in 1957 and 1958 including “Long Lonely Nights” and “Teardrops,” and “Try the Impossible,” before breaking up in 1959. Andrews continued touring intermittently, Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW-TV reported, before entering semi-retirement and starting a retail business.

In his post, Questlove recalled his sometimes contentious relationship with his father, but wrote that he loved Andrews, “for the years we fell out. For the years we put it back together. But really, for the last 2 conversations we had. I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn’t succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn’t understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now.”